A Collection of Medals to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Date of Auction: 23rd June 2021
Sold for £190
Estimate: £50 - £70
British War and Victory Medals (27892 Pte. L. S. Davies R.W. Fus.); together with a scarce 18th R.W.F. (2nd London Welch) Battalion ‘Best Shot in Platoon’ Shooting Prize fob, gilt and enamel, the reverse engraved ‘No. 27892 Davies 39. Nov. 1915’, minor chipping to enamel and suspension loop re-soldered on last, otherwise very fine
The Victory Medal awarded to Acting Warrant Officer Class II W. A. Hart, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed in action in Italy on 3 May 1918
Victory Medal 1914-19 (20007 A.W.O. Cl.2 W. A. Hart, R.W. Fus.) light contact marks, nearly very fine (4) £50-£70
FootnoteLlewellyn Samuel Davies attested for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and served with the 18th, 15th, and 16th Battalions during the Great War. He is also noted as serving attached to 113 Brigade Trench Mortar Battery.
William Alfred Hart was born at Llandudno, North Wales in 1889. He attested for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was serving in ‘A’ Company, 1st Battalion when he was killed in action on 3 May 1918, whilst taking part in a trench raid at Ambrosini, on the Italian Front. He is buried at Granezza British Cemetery, Italy. The medal roll also shows service with 63rd Royal Naval Division.
The Regimental History records: ‘A similar sort of raid, but with artillery support, was made on the 3rd May by A Company. Ambrosini was again the point chosen . No Man’s Land was fairly wide, and unfortunately, while getting to their selected jumping off spot , the company was seen by the enemy, who opened heavy rifle and machine - gun fire. It was not yet Zero hour. The company was suffering casualties - the situation was distinctly unpleasant. One reads the cold, unadorned entry in the Brigade Diary with gratification : As it was not yet Zero time they charged, and the enemy retired. The soldierly spirit and bearing of the 1st Battalion were remarkable.’ (Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, by Major C. H. Dudley Ward, D.S.O., M.C. Vol. IV, 1915 - 1918 refers).